Culture Wars 01: The Pilot

Contributed by Katya Beebe

This past weekend on January 14-15, CARP hosted its first “Culture Wars” pilot seminar with the slogan, “Standing for a Principled Culture,” at East Garden in New York. A group of approximately 40 people – current college students, young professionals, CARP staff, and expert presenters – from New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Illinois, California, and even Germany attended this special two-day seminar.

So, what are the culture wars? Some participants expressed that the topic was intriguing and interesting and something they wanted to learn about, having never heard of such a term or seminar focus before. “A Prelude to the Culture Wars” discusses more about the essence of the culture wars.

The seminar included six 40-minute presentations, each followed by a Q&A session and then table discussions around the content of the presentations. The presenters were Prof. Gerry Servito, Mrs. Wetzstein, Dr. Robert Beebe, and Christine Froehlich.

A weekend of learning and discussing also brought about new friendships and connections as participants, staff, and presenters got to know one another better.

1D3A3063Prof. Gerry Servito gave the first presentation on “Thought Trends.”

An introductory session on thought trends, or the history of philosophy, allowed the participants to start off the seminar with an overview of how ideas have been shaped and adopted throughout the past 400 years especially. These thought trends played a big part in cultivating the cultural divide in our society today.

“I enjoyed the outline of trends. It gave me perspective on how the environment of America got to where it is right now.”

Education and the Culture

On the foundation of a historical perspective, another session focused on the deterioration of civic and moral education in schools today which have contributed to family breakdown and a deteriorating society. Concepts such as pluralism, moral relativism, and values-neutral norms and their effects on education were introduced in the context of elementary education to higher education.

“I enjoyed hearing about the proper role of education. I think that it’s super relatable to how I was educated in my school.”

1D3A3199 (1)Dr. Robert Beebe gave a presentation on “Education and the Culture.”

The case was presented for a balanced two-dimensional education including career education and character education where schools need to prioritize civic and moral education in order to raise up responsible, well-adjusted, and active members of society.

Marriage, Sex, and Family

Another topic of the weekend was around the origins of the sexual revolution and its effect on society as well as the case for marriage at a time of high divorce rates, an increase in cohabitation, and an increase of one-parent households.

One session focused on specific influences that have contributed to the sexual revolution of the 1960s which in turn has influenced current social and cultural values in the US and internationally.

In discussion, the participants could explore the intended and unintended consequences of the sexual revolution as well as how this has played out in their own lives with a rampant hook-up culture.

1D3A3272A student sharing with the group some insights from her table discussion. 

Following the discussion around the sexual revolution and the current culture, another session presented the case for promoting a marriage culture as a tool for countering the current free sex environment. This session discussed the benefits and opportunities of a lifestyle in a committed conjugal relationship.

“I liked this presentation because it presented the facts of why marriage is important. These days there aren’t many examples of successful happy couples and families and it inspired me to find ways to help connect people on campus with happily married couples.”

Media and Feminism

In the wake of the recent “fake news” phenomenon and the crisis in media, one session delivered some practical tips on how to identify “fake news” and how to approach the media to get worthwhile news.

Navigating the media can be a challenge. This session allowed the participants to delve into the current state of the media and identify some issues as well as some opportunities in dealing with the media on a personal level and on an industry level.

“I found this presentation surprisingly relevant as a writer and editor, but also greatly appreciated that someone at my table was an experienced journalist with a different view of things — this helped reveal the complexities and the opportunities for action or growth more clearly.”

1D3A3499Christine Froehlich gave a presentation on “A History of Feminism.”

The final session introduced a history of feminism in the US and opportunities for shaping feminism in our society today. With a multitude of viewpoints within the second and third waves of feminism especially, some could be seen as more constructive than others.

The participants could discuss the state of feminism according to what they see on their college campuses and debate the costs and benefits of varying feminist viewpoints.

What the Participants Have to Say

The ideologies behind each topic discussed at this seminar are still malleable and under continuous debate in our society. These are just a few subjects that are currently part of the social, cultural discourse.

1D3A3088Students, staff, and presenters sharing thoughts and ideas at a table discussion. 

As a pilot seminar, the focus of this event was to garner interest in the culture wars and what this means to us as individuals and as members of society and to receive feedback on what college students want and need from a seminar like this.

“I think it’s great that this is happening. I wish it would have existed when I was a student, would have made my experience with CARP on campus so much more relevant and empowering and tie directly into a lot of what I was studying or experiencing in my classrooms. I hope it continues.”

“I like doing the discussions and getting other people’s perspectives. Typically I wouldn’t talk to others about these topics so it’s nice to do it here.”

ROJ_8549Each session, the participants could move discussion tables to meet new people and hear a variety of perspectives.  

Some students were even inspired to continue educating themselves on these topics and even take action on their campuses and in their classes.

“I need to educate myself more to be able to truly talk about issues not on a superficial level and also have people listen because people respect my intellect.”

“I want to start study groups for some of the suggested books and also have more conversations with my friends on campus about these issues.”

“I know I need to educate myself, on all of these topics, especially if I want to be able to articulate my beliefs with confidence. There is a lot I still don’t know, but a lot that I want to discover. I also can see that there is even some things I can do in the smallest ways, like participating in class, to build my confidence in standing up for what I believe. I want to reach out more and talk to the people (like these presenters) who have stores of knowledge and wisdom to share.”

Students at this pilot seminar expressed that they felt their education was pigeon-holed due to a “liberal echo chamber” environment. Nicholas Kristof of the New York Times wrote about this unbalanced exposure to worldviews at universities in his article “A Confession of Liberal Intolerance.

Through these seminars, CARP is offering students access to the missing perspectives often shunned on college campuses or at least a safe space for students to express their viewpoints and ideas.

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CARP is planning a few more of these pilot seminars throughout the country to continue to grow the program based on student and young adult feedback especially.

If you’re interested in hosting a Culture Wars seminar in your area, contact teresa@carplife.org

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5-Step Process to Setting Awesome Goals

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The #1 thing that prevents people from setting goals is fear of failure. Well the good news is that there is a fail proof way to set and pursue goals.

But first, let’s talk about the value of goal-setting. There are three types of benefits to goal setting: external, internal, and spiritual.

Externally, goal setting has been attributed to higher ongoing earning potential according to one study by Virginia Tech. Students in the study who wrote down their goals earned 9 times over their lifetime compared to students who didn’t.

Internally, goal setting helps provide a sense of purpose and direction. This allows you to stay focused and steadily grow instead of wasting time or worse, feeling purposeless.

Spiritually, goal setting allows you to see God or the universe working more clearly in your life. Because of the intention behind goal setting, you will be able to notice when you are being lent a helping hand.

Most people have heard of SMART goals, but with ten plus years of goal setting experience, CARP president Naokimi Ushiroda realized that there is much more required to setting goals effectively.

So he developed a comprehensive process called WISER goal setting with five key factors which, when utilized, could significantly increase your probability of success. 

What

The first key factor in goal setting is clarifying what you want. Most of us have some idea, but the more clear and specific you are, the more focused you will be and the quicker your results will come.

Start with listing things that you want to have in 2017, then list things you would like to do, and finally list things you want to be. Also explore different areas of your life such as health, career, and relationships and set goals categorically. 

Once you have a list, choose the top 3 that are most important to you this year. By focusing on your top priorities, you will have a much better chance at achieving them. 

Inspiration

Once you are clear on what you want this year, the next step is to keep yourself inspired. One way to do this is to create a vision board. Find images of the outcome that you want this year, and post images of it where you can see it daily. By seeing the images of what you’re striving for, it will help to keep you inspired in achieving your goals.

Strategy

Now that you have a clear visual of what you want to achieve, the next step is to think of different strategies that will help you achieve your goals. Try to list 3 to 4 different strategies that will contribute to your goal.

For example, if your goal is to get straight A’s, think about what would help you do that. Maybe you could find a study buddy that is doing well in the class and commit to studying together on a regular basis. You could also commit to meeting with your professor on a weekly basis to go over main topics. A third strategy could be to take practice exams using tests from previous years.

You can apply this step of identifying 3 to 4 strategies for each of your goals so that you have multiple ways in which you are contributing to the achievement of your goals. It may seem like a lot of effort, but anything worthwhile takes effort.

“A goal casually set and lightly taken will be freely abandoned at the first obstacle.” – Zig Ziglar, an American author, salesman, and motivational speaker

Execute

With a plan in place, the next step is to take action. The best cure for fear is action. Commit to doing something toward your goals every day. And keep a simple log to journal and track all the actions you took related to your goal. If your goal is related to fitness, you could track the number of minutes you exercised on a daily basis, or how much water you drank every day.

One tip to creating new habits is to connect it with a daily habit that you already have. For example, if you commute to school every weekday, you could study while you commute. Similarly, if you get up at a certain time every day, you could commit your first 30 minutes after you wake up to yoga or exercise.

Review

“The road to success is always under construction.” – Chinese proverb

Finally, after taking action, it is essential to review on a regular basis. Without a time to review and reflect, you can easily get off track. By reviewing your progress on a weekly basis, you can reflect on what worked and what didn’t, adjust as necessary, and commit to new and better actions for the upcoming week.  

Set a clear time each week to consistently review your progress. The log or journal from the previous step will be helpful in analyzing each action you took and its efficacy toward achieving your goals.

An additional tip is to find an accountability partner or mentor. CARP’s coaching and mentoring programs help in this capacity. You share your goals and progress with your partner or mentor so that they can help you keep on track and keep an objective eye on your progress.

Fail Proof Goal Setting

There you have it – a comprehensive process for setting your goals for 2017 or anytime of the the year. Set WISER goals by clarifying What you really want, keeping yourself Inspired with a vision board, coming up with multiple Strategies, Executing daily actions, and Reviewing your progress on a weekly basis.

As mentioned at the start of this article, there is a fail proof way to goal setting. The trick is this: once you set a goal, approach it from a mastery perspective rather than from a performance perspective.

Mastery is about learning through the process of setting and pursuing your goals regardless of the outcome. By focusing on how you’re growing and learning about yourself in this process, there is no way of failing.

For example, let’s say you committed to studying 3 hours every day, but you ended up only doing it 3 times in the past week. Instead of seeing this as a failure, you can reflect and assess what helped you study on the days you did and why you missed your study time on the days you didn’t.

By approaching your failures from a curious standpoint, you can really get to know yourself and figure out what works best for you. As long as you’re learning through the process, there is no such thing as failure. With this perspective, you can be free from the fear of failure and really get excited about setting your goals.

Good luck! Naokimi and the CARP staff wish you all the best in pursuing and achieving everything you want to in 2017!

If you would like to learn more about the WISER process and are interested in a more detailed, personalized workbook on the subject, please email naokimi@wisercoaching.com 

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CARP L.A. Turning Point Workshop

Contributed by Jermaine Bishop Jr., CARP L.A. Advisor

CARP L.A.’s Turning Point Workshop from Dec. 27 – Jan. 1 went exceedingly well, beyond the expectations of even the staff members who participated in building the structure of the program. The schedule did not always occur seamlessly or even include the most invigorating activities, but it accomplished what it was purposed to do and more.

There were 74 participants in total – 31 first generation of college age, 43 second generation (7 high school, 1 middle school, and 4 GPA members) and 7 Kodan mothers. The dates were originally set for January 2nd – 6th, but was later changed due to scheduling conflicts with IPEC.

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Due to the change in dates, several participants were not able to attend. Subsequently, several relatively newer members were required to step up as team leaders and co-leaders. However, to our surprise, the staff members were able to unite relatively quickly because there were not so many seasoned or strongly opinionated leaders there.

Purpose of the Workshop:

  1. To educate CARP L.A. Core and Board members.
  2. To inspire 1st generation who could not understand God’s heart through reading DP.
  3. To encourage 2nd generation students, who do not currently participate in any CARP activities, to initiate CARP activities within their local community and/or universities.
  4. To encourage 2nd generation to take more ownership over their life of faith.

Day 1: Principle of Creation (Heart of Joy)

The start of day one began with Hoon Dok Hwe reading of the three hearts of God and stretching led by Uncle Gerry. The  lecture was well received, but because many of the participants did not know each other very well, it was difficult for them to open up towards each other in the beginning.

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The lectures were very good, and they could really appreciate that at least for themselves. Subsequently, we made the decision to use pair sharing instead of group discussion to encourage participants to be more open.

“What struck me the most from the lecture was when Uncle Gerry explained that we are unique in our own ways. I learned that I don’t need to be jealous of what others have but think of what I have and what is unique about me.” -J. L. (1st gen)

From a team leader’s perspective, it was difficult to wrap my head around the fact that I had to take care of participants who were not totally committed to learning about Divine Principle (DP). I wanted to be surrounded by people who were eager to learn about the DP and True Parents because I came with the intention to be invested in and not to be the investor at the moment.

I stayed up until 2 a.m. talking to Naoko and Katsuko as they could convinced me to receive training through growing my heart to take care of others. In this way, I was able to understand True Parents’ heart and God’s heart through my struggle to motivate each member to find inspiration to search for the beauty in what was being taught. 

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“I learned that as much as we are seeking for God, God is also reaching out to us, wanting to share joy and to interact with us. In creating us, God put so much investment and love into creating this universe and he wants us to feel joy from it. The 3 great blessings is not only for God but also for us to feel joy. I need to enjoy the things that I do and invite God into it and this is what we call mind and body unity. I was also able to deeper grasp that concept of mind and body unity. It’s not just doing things for the sake of doing it, it’s doing it to bring joy to God.” -T. H. (2nd gen)

Day 2: The Fall (Heart of Pain and Suffering)

Like the first day, day two began with HDH focused specifically on God’s heart of pain. Because the motivation and understanding was different after a day into the workshop, we were able to really open up towards each other.

In my group, specifically, I opened the conversation by sharing a little about my life, and how through certain experiences I could relate to God’s sorrowful heart, even if only a little. From this, each member realized that all of us go through struggles, and while these struggles seem to be all bad, it is an opportunity to understand what our Heavenly Parent has been experiencing for 6,000 years.

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The activity in the afternoon was a brother and sister discussion session. During this time, we separated by male and female. The brothers broke the ice by playing the chicken game. Afterwards we split into groups of about 4-5 and shared in a guided conversation, which began with shallow questions and later led into more personal ones. 

Day 3: Restoration and Parallels (Heart of Hope)

Pastor George’s lecture was especially a favorite because of how energetically he portrayed the two topics. Some of the participants thought they would have difficulty staying awake during these lectures but it turned out to be the one they enjoyed most. Also, many participants could see how the events that took place in history are reflected in their own lives and what they could do to overcome some of their problems.

“I really enjoyed the talk this afternoon on the history of the coming of Christ. It was very interesting and makes me want to learn more about history. From slavery in Egypt, Judges, Patriarchs, United Kingdom; it was all interesting and the energy Pastor George used made it all more exciting. Today was an interesting day and every day it gets better and better. I also enjoyed how we are said to have been broken. I always thought we humans were normal but now I know we are not. Jesus is normal and by studying the DP and getting a deeper understanding, we can be like Jesus or normal.” -M. M. (1st gen)

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Rev. Inose talked to us about a life of prayer. How important prayer is and what is possible through prayer. He also left us with a great deal of material for further research at home about this. Included in this packet was one of Father’s prayers.

Many of the younger second generation and newer CARP members found it difficult to break through in prayer, so this talk was one of the most relevant. Others who knew how to pray, but just didn’t, realized that it was important enough to at least set aside two minutes of their day to do so.

“Today’s highlight were also the lectures given by both Uncle George and Rev. Inose. In Uncle George’s talk I was able to learn more about God’s Heart, when he sees our face. Just like how you can see the parent through their children’s faces, whenever God looks or sees at the fallen human (his own children), it reminds him of the Fall and brings his heart sorrow. I really wish from the bottom of my heart to be able to make God feel happier each and every day until there are no more sorrow in Him. I really want to become a strong brave soldier of God.” -M. H. (2nd gen, high school)

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Day 4: True Parents’ Life Course

This lecture was given by Rev. Kevin Thompson. It was such a powerful and well-received lecture because for the first time, many people including myself could hear about True Father in such a personal way.

The way the lecture was given painted True Father in a much more realistic and relatable way. I don’t believe one person walked out away from this lecture without a newfound respect for Rev. Sun Myung Moon.

What I really learned from the last lecture from Rev. Kevin Thompson is the story of True Parents. He shared many things about Father Sun Myung Moon, as he was giving a lecture about Father Sun Myung Moon life’s story. I really felt like he’s been around us without me realizing. When I learned his story, I really felt sad toward Father Moon. He has done many things for many people in different parts of the world. It’s really sad how many people are rejecting him. To liberate God and suffering from Jesus wasn’t as easy as it looks. Rev. Thompson really put his heart toward True Parents during his lecture and I really felt like after hearing True Parents’ life course, I can really change my viewpoint of my life. Having a heart for God is the most important thing that I want to focus on for 2017. Thank you Rev. Kevin Thompson for your inspiring True Parents lecture and big thanks to God and True Parents for having me in this CARP Turning Point Workshop. – G (1st gen)

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Finally, for the Closing Ceremony, the L.A. Band played a few of Hyo Jin Nim’s songs as well as other Holy Songs during dinner and closed out the night. 

Final Takeaways

Overall, I believe the workshop was an amazing experience. I was able to experience True Parents heart and God’s heart more intimately than in previous settings, as did many participants. Also, we are eternally grateful to have Teresa (Rischl) there to support us and even to push us to start writing reports for our functions. It was our first time putting together this type of workshop so there were many things we could have done better. 

Some things we plan to do for our next function is to get advice from CARP HQ on how to organize certain events, have more communication with speakers to build an outline, have each team member type reflections nightly, make an online reflection survey (survey monkey), have brother and sister leaders for each team, develop standards and regulations for team leaders, and finally develop reports such as these during the workshop before most of the details escape me.

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3 Steps to Making a Complete Offering

12493749_10154262612414879_7742384481612728542_oNaokimi Ushiroda, CARP President

The final month of 2016 is drawing to a close. Not only are we gearing to tally up the amount of money we spent over the holidays, but also the amount of memories we accumulated this year. The good, the bad, the ugly. Whether we have hit our goal marks for 2016 or not, it is always good practice to reflect and redetermine to be better next year.

CARP President, Naokimi Ushiroda, has over 10 years of leadership development and goal-setting experience personally and in training others. According to him, a prerequisite to setting new goals is to first reflect on the past year’s accomplishments and failures or to make the “complete offering”.

The reason it’s called a complete offering is because it is important to claim your victories throughout the year, but it’s just as important to acknowledge your failures.  A third point is to identify the lessons learned from both, your victories and your failures. That’s where the complete offering is made.

1. Claim Your Victories

It’s very easy for time and experience to pass by and to be forgotten. If you don’t take the time to remember and claim what went well, then no one will. And as time goes on, the experiences and emotions are very easily lost. So it’s very important that we take a few moments after any period of time, whether it be at the end of a year, a month, even a week or a semester, to reflect on and claim our victories.

The word “claim” is crucial here because it is a conscious effort on someone’s part to say “this is something that I am proud of” or “I’m happy that this happened”. This way you claim an experience as a victory or achievement for yourself. This is aso a way to celebrate progress for yourself – your own developments – as a mechanism by which to continuously encourage yourself.

2. Acknowledge Your Failures

In preparation for anything new, it’s really important to acknowledge what didn’t go well. Otherwise, what happens instead is that like having a subtle break on when you are trying to drive (or without noticing there’s a hand break), you’re trying to push but it’s not going as fast you would like. If you don’t acknowledge your failures, you will ask yourself “why would it work if it didn’t work last time?”  

This holds you back from entering into any new engagements based on past failures that were never acknowledged. Take the time to clear out anything you felt you failed at or that you regretted just by acknowledging that it happened. This is the first step in letting that failure go.

3. Identify Lessons Learned

From a mastery perspective, this step is about constantly growing yourself. More important than the achievements or even the failures is the learning process and recognizing potential areas of growth. Taking the time to identify the main takeaways or lessons learned based on your victories and failures.

This is particularly important to apply to the failures. Oftentimes, there is more you can learn from your failures than your victories. If you’re able to reflect a few moments on lessons learned from a failure, it actually no longer stands as a failure. This used-to-be failure is now transformed into an investment for your future success.

This final step of identifying takeaways and lessons learned from your failures, is what transforms your victories and failures into a complete offering. That’s the best way to wrap up any time period where you can actually appreciate your failures.

Final Suggestions

This 3-step process of claiming your victories, acknowledging your failures, and identifying lessons learned will guide you to truly make a complete offering out of this past year. An offering is something that is given without any strings (resentments, worries, regrets, etc.) so making a complete offering is important in having closure and in being present for what the new year has to offer.

We suggest that you complete this 3-step process individually by writing these down on paper with three sections. Then, share within your family as a meaningful way to end the year together. As a spiritual practice, families can also offer the year to God, our Heavenly Parent, and pray for a bright new year ahead. 

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Meet the Alumni: David

In honor of this week’s anniversary for the fall of communism, today’s Throwback Thursday is a testimony from a CARP University of Washington alumnus, Dr. David Burgess.  

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“In 1980 I was working in CARP on the Ohio State University campus. I had joined CARP the summer before after working in the Unification Movement since 1977. Once, I was talking with a graduate student on High Street next to campus about the dangers of communism.  

It was a dangerous time. In 1979, the Soviet Union had invaded Afghanistan and much of the underdeveloped world seemed like it was in danger of being taken over by the communists. After a few minutes, the student looked at me and said, ‘You don’t know anything about Marxism.’

Although we had studied some Victory over Communism ideology, I had to admit, at least to myself, that he was right.  Right there I decided to do something about that. Shortly thereafter, our director, Henri Schauffler, asked if I wanted to become a CARP student at Michigan State. I jumped at the chance.  

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After I started studying Russian, I found that the University of Washington had one of the best programs in the nation so I moved to Seattle and we started a CARP program there. At first I was the only student, but more came and we had some cool programs on campus.  

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Russell Means

We hosted Lee Shapiro who showed his film about the Miskito Indians and the terrible treatment they received at the hands of the Sandinista government. Russell Means, the famous Oglala Lakota activist and former National Director of the American Indian Movement (AIM), also came and spoke to about 500 people about his experiences in AIM and also how many people turned on him when he stood with the Miskitos against the Sandinistas.

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Eldridge Cleaver

We also hosted Eldridge Cleaver, former leader in the Black Panther Party. Eldridge fled the country after leading an ambush that wounded two Oakland police officers. He lived in exile in Cuba and also traveled to North Korea to meet Kim Il Sung. He told me that Kim Il Sung’s wife named his second child. After seeing the reality of communism, he converted to Christianity and returned home to the U.S. and worked with CARP in the Bay Area and traveled to speak about what he saw.

After finishing my Bachelor’s degree at U. W. in Comparative Literature and Political Science, I began a Master’s’ degree program in the International Studies program in Russian Studies. We were teaching CAUSA at that time and I participated in several programs, including teaching some of the lectures to a group of legislators in Sun Valley, Idaho. Then we got the exciting news of the World Media Conference in Moscow. I had met with two delegations of Soviet journalists who Larry Moffit and his team had brought to the U. S., one in Seattle, the other in the Bay Area.  

March to Moscow

By this time my Russian was pretty good, so I was invited to join the conference team for the conference in Moscow in the spring of 1990. I was the liaison to the Izvestia staff, the Soviet news agency that was the co-sponsor of the conference. So many amazing things happened.  

Father Moon gave the keynote speech. I wondered what advice he would give to the assembled journalists and world leaders. He spoke primarily about Adam and Eve and how God had worked since that time to restore what was lost. I reflected later that it was the message he had come to the world to give and he would waste no opportunity to give it.  

11th-world-media-conferenceFather Moon giving the keynote speech at the 11th World Media Conference in April, 1990. 

We were all on edge during the program about the proposed meeting with Secretary General Mikhail Gorbachev. It was uncertain even up to the last minute, but then suddenly things lined up and the meeting took place. It was a significant moment in God’s history as the mission to Moscow was finally fulfilled. A year later the failed coup against Gorbachev took place, communism collapsed, and we all celebrated – but my graduate studies in Marxism were a casualty of the collapse. It’s a price I was glad to pay.  

Project Phoenix

Afterwards, I changed my focus to Russian literature and culture and got a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature. As I was preparing to search for a teaching position, God intervened in a powerful way. I was praying when I felt overcome by the power of the spirit and God asked me to leave my work behind and take an as yet undefined mission.  

I was appointed the Northwest Regional Director of AFC, a position I held for eight years. After our AFC mission ended, our team members continued to meet and talk about how we could continue the mission. A small group of us began an organization called Origins Partnership. Our goal was to engage younger Unificationists in a way that we could pass on our experiences with True Parents. In 2015, we conducted two mentoring programs that we called Project Fusion – one in Barrytown, another in Pasadena.

Then, in January of this year, we met in the home of Judge Mark and Lucia Anderson in Mesa, AZ and gave birth to Project Phoenix. Seven elder Unificationists met with seven younger Unificationist leaders to plan a program. We recognized that our perspectives about what the program should be were quite different, and as we shared with each other and really listened, we soon understood that the program we needed to create was one that would allow us to replicate for a larger group what we experienced in the Anderson’s living room.  

Two months later, we conducted a program for 120 at the International Peace Education Center in Las Vegas. Participants included Akira Watanabe and the students from CARP Las Vegas. In July we conducted another program for around 60 people at East Garden.   

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Our belief, and our experience, is that the most amazing people in the world are right here in our midst and that if we simply listen, allow those amazing people to share what they have to share and unleash their creative genius, there is nothing we cannot do or accomplish. We are planning more Project Phoenix programs for 2017.

Tiger Park

In a way, for me Project Phoenix represents coming full circle in my life. As a young member who joined CARP in 1979 and worked with Tiger Park and who helped to start CARP chapters in places like University of Michigan, Michigan State, and later at the University of Washington, I experienced first-hand the impact a person can have.

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Tiger Park and Mrs. Park with members in Colorado in 1981.  

Tiger believed in us. He would drive all day from city to city to visit our centers to inspire us, share his heart with us, and ultimately to help us realize our potential. He would roll out his sleeping bag in the brothers’ room, and chafed at the idea that he should be treated as someone special.  

But he was special, and we came to realize it in the way that he treated us. He shared his experiences of pioneering in the Korean countryside, starting a school in the village where he worked to educate the children, and how God had inspired him through his own mind. But most of all, he shared how Father Moon was really his father.  

We all owe him a great deal and we would have run through walls for him. We still miss him. Our lives were “light, bright and exciting.” That was the culture that he inspired and even though our lives were frequently quite challenging, we could do it because of the culture that he infused into CARP. That is the culture that inspired CARP when I was young and one that inspire people today as well.  

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